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Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQ's)
Five national veteran's organizations have filed suit against the Veterans Affairs Department over its move ending informal claims applications and requiring veterans to fill out standardized forms.
The plaintiffs are The American Legion, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the National Veterans Legal Services Program, AMVETS, and the Vietnam Veterans of America.
The VAWatchdog continues to support the progress that the VBA is making.
As usual, we disagree with the Veterans Service Organizations (VSO's) who
oppose the VBA plans to upgrade their electronic capabilities. We believe that the VSO's
are continuing to guard what was their territory...the filing of claims through their
marginally skilled veterans service officer (vso's) representatives.
These are the same people who objected
to veterans using professional veterans law attorneys. You see, without
their vso representatives, these veterans organizations lose their only tool to recruit
dues paying members. They send out hoards of veterans service officers to
offer you a "free" service, filing your claim. As you sit with the vso, you're encouraged
to purchase a membership in their organization. Once you've signed up
and handed them your money, you won't hear from that vso again. The veterans service
officer you meet in the halls of the VA medical center is no more than a recruiter with
a pointed mission...sign up new veterans.
If you don't join, if the government won't support them with tax
dollars and they can't support their meeting halls, bars and Sunday BBQ's.
This has nothing to do with your future, it's all about feathering their well padded
nest and continuing the government and veteran funded party they've had for
far too long. Think about it. Did anyone ask you what you think?
This lawsuit is smoke and mirrors designed by people who have no interest in your
future other than as a dues paying member of their clubhouse.
If you don't believe it, try to join their organization by handing them a scrap of paper,
just as they propose that you should be able to apply for benefits. Go ahead.
Stop by the local bar/hall and give the people you find there a napkin with
the words, "I'm joining your org." on it.
You'll be required to complete their form. Ironic? No, just greedy.
Veterans are smarter than these groups think.
Let them pad their wallets elsewhere. VBA is forging ahead.
If it's forms you want, try this...
VA chief misses 80 days, still collects $179,000
Hamlin was paid $179,700 despite being absent from the hospital approximately
one in three business days last year. For part of that time, he was traveling to Florida, where he previously lived. He was arrested by Florida police while sitting in his car at 2:00 a.m. on the 26th.
Police said that he smelled of alcohol, twice refused to take a breath test, and that they
found oxycodone for which he did not have a prescription.
He reportedly refused to say where he got the painkiller.
“VA’s Drug-Free Workplace Program is not accomplishing its primary goal of
ensuring that illegal drug use is eliminated and that the VA workplace is safe,” the OIG reported.
An official with the Department of Veterans Affairs who drew the ire of two
Nevada members of Congress is departing as director of the Reno regional
benefits office, the department confirmed on Tuesday.
Connecticut veterans are escaping the notice of a state program aimed at combating
prescription drug abuse, an epidemic among those veterans; and the federal government's
Department of Veterans Affairs is to blame, a state official says.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today announced the award of nearly
$93 million in Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) 3-year grants that will
help approximately 45,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families.
The number of female veterans receiving care at VA facilities has doubled
in the past decade. That figure is expected to grow, with close to 200,000
women having served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Hundreds of thousands of Michiganians who qualify for veteran benefits
aren't using them, and many vets don't know they're eligible.
When Army veteran Garrett Goodwin saw a panhandler in Tampa, Fla. asking
for money while wearing a military uniform, something didn't look right. So
he confronted the man, demanding to see proof of his military service.
Experts warn the “floodgates” of post-traumatic stress are about to open,
as a top armed forces charity claims mental health issues among
military personnel have risen 26 percent over the last year.
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“The new rule, which went into effect March 25, eradicates the decades-old right of a
veteran to write a letter to the VA, seeking a specific VA benefit and having
the VA consider that letter as an informal claim."
Nonsense. Under the old rule, writing a letter to VA seeking a specific benefit would
trigger a formal claim. That would begin the claims process and establish the effective date.
Writing that letter and sending it to VA isn't any simpler than completing a form.
The lawsuit is a waste of time and is holding up progress. Try to sign up on
the VVA web site without completing a form. Good luck with that.
The Veterans Affairs Department has reduced its backlog of disability claims
by nearly 70 percent in the last two years, says a March 30 VA statement.
Ray has been without gas at his home in Pineville since February. He is disabled and has no transportation. His cousin and some strangers have helped him make ends meet when they could.
The Department of Veterans Affairs failed to administer a drug test to about 70
percent of employees hired in 2013 who were supposed to be tested,
according to an inspector general report released Monday.
A former supervisor at the Honolulu Veterans Affairs regional office acted inappropriately
when he failed to follow proper procedure for processing benefits claims,
according to a new report from the department’s inspector general.
The federal initiative to provide timely decisions on disability payments to
Veterans has crossed a major milestone in its final sprint to
eliminate the backlog of Veterans’ benefits claims.
He depended on the Department of Veterans Affairs for his medical care when he was
diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2010 while living in Tennessee.
After a series of delayed treatments and surgeries, McKinley died
Sept. 21, 2013, at age 66, about a year after he and his family moved to Macon.
The Department of Veterans Affairs and Congress continue to make changes in the
Veterans Choice Card program, yet major problems such as
low payment rates to physicians, complicated scheduling and
technicalities within the law continue to cause problems for veterans.
There's no sugarcoating it, the Aurora VA hospital project is a mess: about a billion
dollars over budget and expected to be finished years late - if it gets finished at all.
Former employees of the beleaguered Tomah VA Medical Center say their warnings
of dangerous overmedication of veterans went unheeded for years,
while the VA’s own investigators say they could not find wrongdoing.
Monday, Congress will meet in Wisconsin and hear from people who say the
Tomah Veteran Affairs Medical Center has been over prescribing opioid pain killers.
A construction contractor from Stevens Point will relive the "most painful day" of his life —
when his son died at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Congressional scrutiny is intensifying for Veterans Affairs Department hospital
projects that are costing more and taking longer to build than originally planned.